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that the administration is suspending $800 million in aid to pakistan's military. the goal is to pressure pakistan to fight militants more effectively and to stop elements of pakistan's military from backing the taliban in afghanistan. all of this, one more sign of the growing tensions between the u.s. a a pakistan. >>> as all of this debate over spending plays out in washington, in towns across this country, millions of americans just want to find a job. tonight, another stunning number behind the new and rising unemployment figures. it now takes an average of ten months to find a job, the longest ever. millions of americans now have only food stamps to get by, and those benefits kick in once a month at midnight. and it's created a new shopper in this country. the families heading out in darkness to get their food. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> looks like it's ready. >> reporter: we spent more than a month following leslie benson and her family. she was laid off from her job as a corporate health care administrator two years ago. her unemployment has run out. and the state gives her just $97 in
of military assistance to pakistan. now it says it's holding back more than one-third of that amount. $800 million. some of the aid is thought to be in the form of equipment and training by u.s. personnel. the rest, payments for pakistani troops deployed along the afghan border. america trains the troops that work here. but amid growing tension. pakistan expelled some u.s. military trainers recently and has threatened to close cia bases. if america's using military aid to encourage cooperation, will it work? >> assistance is given to big influence. and by doing this, washington is actually going to be left without any influence with the pakistan army and with the people of pakistan because this will be seen as a munativepunitive action which is meant to punish pakistan rather than provide an incentive for cooperation. >> reporter: here, officicls say this i inot a change in policy. that's a long-term relationship between the countries is important. remember, america needs pakistan to help fight the taliban. to do that, pakistan needs america's money. bbc news, washington. >
to stand up and do the tough things. >> let me turn to pakistan, quickly, there's an article in the "new york times" today, saying that the money is being reduced to pakistan, hundreds of billions of dollars. the president came in, saying that he would agree to bring pakistan to the table with more aid. has that policy failed and is therera change of policy now? >> it's not changed -- it's not failed, pardon me. the truth of the matter is, our relationship with pakistan has been complicated. obviously, they're an important ally on the fight of terrorism. a victim of enormous amounts of terrorism. right now they've taken steps to given us reason to pause on the aid which we're giving to the military and we're trying to work through that. it's a complicated relationship and a very difficult complicated part of the board. obviously there's still a lot of pain that the political system in pakistan is feeling by virtue of the raid that we did to get osama bin laden. something that the president felt strongly about. we have no regrets over. but the pakistani relationship is difficult, but it m
with pakistan, the administration is suspending aid to pakistan's military. relations have been rocky since u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s killed osama bin laden at his pakistani hide-out. >>> heat advisories and warnings are in effect for more than a dozen states. unbearable conditions for millions of americans. temperatures are soaring past the 100-degree mark. across the plains. heat advisories in effect from texas to the east coast. more now from abc's barbara pinto. >> reporter: the country's midsection is suffocating under a sticky, hot blanket of misery. >> smash the old record. of 106, topping off at 110. >> this afternoon, just hot and humid. >> so far, hot air. >> reporter: in oklahoma city, omaha and minneapolis, uncomfortable and dangerous. in milwaukee, organizers called off this half marathon after runners collapsed. >> some people were kind of passing out. >> reporter: this is the 12th straight day of 100-degree temperatures in oklahoma city. the 20th so far this season. wichita falls has spent 36 of the past 38 days in the tripip digits. >> plenty of fluids. keep a little shade on your h
he believes the new leader of al qaeda, ayman al zazahiri, is living in the tribal areas of pakistan. and the al qaeda branch he's most worried about is in yemen, run by the american cleric, anwar al awlaki. the secretary has met with afghanistan's president, discussing plans to drawdown and hand control to local fofoes by 2014. general david petraeus, who will be movinininto panetta's former job as director of the cia, agreed with the assessment that al qaeda is on the run. and reinforced the call to keep pressure on all al qaeda leaders. >> you have to whack all the moles simultaneously. this is a network. you must pressure the terrorist network wherever it is. >> reporter: on the war in afghanistan, general petraeus made a bit of news today. he said for the first time in five years, last year, the number of insurgent attacks in afghanistan actually went down. david? >> david, thank you. >>> at the white house tonight, they are preparing for tomorrow's high-stakes meeting. president obama and leaders from both parties, their own sundayay roundtable, dealing with this looming debt c
this route. i think that's clear. obviously, al qaeda is spread out to the arabian peninsula, pakistan areas, and the rest. but it's about continuing this route. many people are concerned if there's a withdrawal of u.s. troops they shouldn't be too dramatic or swift to withdraw before al qaeda and taliban are defeated. >> christiane, i appreciate your analysis. i want to remind everybody, be sure to watch christiane a little later this morning on "this week." she has an exclusive interview with white house chief of staff bill daley. bianna, over to you. >>> not too far from here at rancho mirage, california, preparations are under way for the funeral of former first lady betty ford. family and friends will gather tuesday for a celebration of life service. barbara pinto has more on the nation saying good-bye to a brave and beloved woman who touched so many lives. >> r rorter: her candor and courage touched the nation. and now we know more how betty ford's family will pay tribute. >> people in america and across the world, they are going to say good-bye and they want to pay tribute to her. and
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